In this online engineering specialization, you will master the theories and concepts of spacecraft attitude dynamics through three main topic areas: Kinematics, Kinetics, and Control.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Apply transport theorem to differentiate vectors, derive frame-dependent velocity and acceleration vectors, and solve kinematic particle problems
  • Translate between sets of attitude descriptions
  • Apply the static stability conditions of a dual-spinner configuration to derive equations of motion for rigid bodies with momentum exchange devices
  • Apply Lyapunov method to argue stability and convergence on a range of systems
  • Analyze rigid body control convergence with unmodeled torque


  • Kinetics: Studying Spacecraft Motion
  • Kinematics: Describing the Motions of Spacecraft
  • Control of Nonlinear Spacecraft Attitude Motion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics Capstone: Mars Mission

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